Strokkur Geysir.
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Strokkur Geysir.

A Summer Family Break with Teens in Iceland

As I stepped off the plane, I knew this trip would be one to remember – it seemed as though I’d arrived on another planet. For starters, our cosy wooden lodge at Hraunborgir (Lava Village) was set on a lava field with a hot tub outside and views of mile after mile of nothing but pure volcanic rock, with different types of moss growing on it.  

One of the most amazing places we (me, my dad and my two elder brothers) visited was Gulfoss, a monster of a waterfall that you had to stand 40m away from in order not be soaked. It's so big it could fill 60 shipping containers of water every second. Later in the trip we visited two more waterfalls – Seljalandsfoss and neighbouring Gljufrabui. One of them has a cave you can stand inside and the other has a path leading round and behind it, which was incredible. 

"This trip has to go down as one of the craziest, most thrilling and most interesting
holidays I've been on – ever."

In Vik, roughly halfway along the southern coast, there are two incredible beaches, one with black sand and perfect for skimming stones, the other with spectacular hexagonal rock columns. We also visited Þingvellir, where you can actually see the tectonic plates (you can even snorkel between them – something I'd be keen to do next time), and were fascinated by Strokkkur Geysir – which every so often erupts, with water spouting out from it. We also hiked in the geothermal park of Hveragerði, which was hard work but worth it for the views and the naturally heated river, where you can take a dip.

But I think my favourite part of the trip was the famous Blue Lagoon, which I was buzzing for throughout the whole trip – its magical opaque, silky water, the small bridges over it and the volcanic rock beside it. There was also a sauna and a steam room, which I managed to go in before cooling off with a nice cold shower. We also spent some time in the capital Reykjavik, where the highlight was the hi-tech Volcano House with its movies and geological samples.

This trip has to go down as one of the craziest, most thrilling and most interesting holidays I've been on – ever.

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